Where we meet/Birding hotspots

The Payne County Audubon Society holds free, family-friendly evening programs and workshops on the first Thursday of the month, traditionally September–December and February–April. Beginning 2018, we are scaling back the evening presentations a bit and emphasizing more time on field trips. We’re also looking to try different meeting spots.

The Welcome Potluck Dinner will take place on Thursday, September 6th, at 6:00 pm in the Education Center of the Botanic Garden at OSU.  Subsequent meetings will be at the Stillwater Public Library and, in April, at Hideaway Pizza!

Where to go birding in Payne County

A great thing about birding is that you can do it just about anywhere, but it also helps to have some guidance on some local hotspots.  The best source for this information is eBird, and if you aren’t eBirding then you’re missing out on some tremendous resources to help you hone your skills and find more birds.  It’s free and they won’t spam you!

The team at eBird maps out and provides species lists for locations where sightings have been reported at public hotspots. You can search the hotspots map for Payne County and find a wealth of information. The following screencaps illustrate the locations of color-coded hotspots in our county:

 

 

 

 

What you might find when you go birding

Approximately 280 different species of birds have been observed in Payne County. Watch this space for an update to our local checklist. In the meantime, eBird is again our friend: Here is a link to a bar graph of species abundance and seasonal occurrence in Payne County, based on submissions to eBird.

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